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." we've got a controversial title for you now is obama weak? oh damn, it might not even be controversial at this point. let me bring back the panel. check out his show immediately. no after the show, no tonight. leslie saver from the nation and noah. president obama, of course, lost the battle on background checks on gun control and wondering if he didn't pressure conservatives enough. new york times writes: cenk: i find it hard to argue with that. let's continue. they also say. cenk: leslie, i find all those to be excellent questions. >> they are it's a continual frustration that we have with obama. he talks a good game, he's inspiring on many different issues. i remember when he put up the proposal for jobs and infrastructure spending in 2011 and he went out and campaigned for it and then dropped it. it wasn't going to happen and he didn't twist arms, and he didn't push for it. this happens over and over again. i'm not privy, a lot of us are not to what really does go on behind closed doors but if a lot of this reporting is correct, then, you know, why doesn't he get a
of anonymity or the police chief in boston speaking to the record, and obama to some extent that we're going to find you hunt you down and get you. like, all that does is fuel the conversation that we're having now to a greater extend, like i just wish we lived in a country where it was ok to say obviously we're investigating this and we're not going to stop until we solve it we've got to have the george bush cowboy talk, even if it's not george bush. it seems silly and like it's out of a bad summer blockbuster. cenk: i don't mind people speculating. is a keep saying over and over again, we're all curious and talking about it. the media demand that everybody in the government call it a terrorist act. like ok, i got it, to ben's point, it looks like terrorism i think it is. i would call it whether it was right wing, leftwing, forever et cetera, but stop with obama didn't call it terrorism, i can't believe it, he's soft. what's he soft about. first of all he killed bin laden, stop with the talk. >> i think that comes from the hesitation, i'd be curious to know what that thinking was not to cal
ability, is trying to look out for us. barack obama when the sox, celtics, operators patriots are winning again, the crowd will gather and watch the parade. and this time next year on the third monday on april the world will return to this great american city to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder for the 118th boston marathon. bet on it. >> michael: our president rallying spirits at the memorial for botch bombing victims earlier today. it was a speech that definitely wasn't on the white house agenda on monday. just four days ago the top of the agenda was getting stronger gun background checks in the senate and pushing ahead on the immigration reform. now only terror and political defeat are in the headlines. joining me from francisco to tell how the white house can get back in the driver seat, lanny davis author of "crystals." based on his experience as special council to president bill clinton during the lewinsky scandal. and lanny davis welcome into the war room. >> thanks, thanks for having me. >> michael: let's get right to the top of the news line. the boston bombings dive
to determine the exact cause of the fire. the obama administration is trying to figure out what if anything it can now do about gun control. the senate gutted legislation that would have approved background checks. four democrats joined republicans in blocking the bill, afterwards an infuriated president obama spoke and described it as a shameful day in washington. in boston today the fbi is considering a possible photo and video release of a person they believe is connected to the marathon bombings on monday. the video was taken by surveillance camera near a lord & taylor store. investigators are debating the benefits and drawbacks of releasing materials to the public. the death toll stands at three dead more than 150 injured. ten remain in critical condition, and media critics are hammering several news organization who wrongly reported that a suspect had been arrested. cnn in addition to the erroneous report that somebody had been arrested also got the man's skin color wrong. no explanation from cnn. stephanie? >> stephanie: david -- >> actually am i supposed to pit
obama's inability to strike fear in the senate for the bill's failure to pass. former north dakota senator byron dorgan, a democrat, told "the new york times"... >>> and "new york times" columnist maureen dowd, a perennial white house scold... >> john: at the white house monday, press secretary jay carney insisted president obama did all he could but was blocked by the g.o.p. >> everybody here worked, from the president on down, worked hard to bring about this action on legislation. in the end congress has to vote on. the fact is there was a decision made largely within the republican party that they did not need to listen to the majority of the american people. >> john: does president obama deserve to be blamed for the gun bill's failure? for more, i'm delighted to be joined by former new york governor and current tv superstar, eliot spitzer. level thank you for inviting me back. >> john: you're a former chief executive of a state. if a bill face to pass the legislature, does the chief executive deserve the blame? >> it is a little more nuanced than a yes or no. the answer is some
is were tried in civilian courts. president obama back in 2009 said he no longer wanted to use the term enemy combatants. it's almost been removed from this administration's vocabulary even though we've heard it quite recently. we've heard this when there is a terrorist blot from conservative. they want to be sure that they're tried as an enemy combatant. not this time, and like everyone has been saying the case against this guy is so significant that they shouldn't have a hard time putting him away. >> cenk: joe, let's do it right. where they said, i didn't mirandaize him right away, and i used this public safety exception. but when the time had come, we're going to trial him in trials so liberals get off my back. >> the cynical view is is that's exactly what happened, but none of us are cynics. >> cenk: no, no. >> one thing you have to keep in mind. first, this is what conservatives do. the whole notion that this guy is some scary dude that we have to bring the full force of the law against him. this is what this arms argument does. it says that we as the united states government has
. >> stephanie: all right. the president yesterday speaking about -- >> obama: given what we now know about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. >> stephanie: that's the important thing is making sure bill o'reilly is happy with the semantics. >> he didn't call it terror! >> it seems like the far right all they cared about yesterday was semantics. something that they didn't hear in president obama's statement to the nation. >> he didn't blame the arabs. >> they didn't care about the victims in boston. they only cared about the words president obama did or didn't use. >> stephanie: not in a good place yesterday with worrying about wanda and i made a grey error in that i listened to rush limbaugh. >> oh, don't do that! >> stephanie: i shouldn't have done that. i don't even understand some people -- not only as partisans but as just carbon-based life forms. he just was being snarky and you know, making benghazi jokes. i wonder if there was a video -- no one knows. we'll find out. really? >>
packages in the capitol. federal authorities say letters sent to president obama tested positive for the toxic substance ricin. here is jay corny today. >> there was a letter sent to, addressed to the president at an off-site mail facility it was noticed to contain a suspicious substance, and tests were undertaken. >> michael: thankfully it was intercepted before it reached the white house. since 9/11 all white house and congressional mail is sorted at a separation lobingation. this morning two floors evacuated when a letter was discovered there. in the hallway outside of senator richard shelby's office was cleared after reports that he also received a suspicious package. in phoenix there was report of a suspicious package at john mccain's office. and karl levin's office was evacuated because of similar circumstances. a man has been arrested with a backpack full of letters, and he is in custody. coming up rt rybak will give us his take on the votings, plus at least progressives have mark sanford to keep their sparts up. and later, scrutinized and also misunde
. the fbi is on the case. president obama saying yesterday that we will track down whoever was responsible and make sure that they feel the full weight of justice. we'll bring you updates on boston throughout the morning at the same time updates on what's happening here in our nation's capital where comprehensive immigration reform is unveiled today and senators in the senate still scrambling for votes on gun safety. all of that and more on current tv. support the drug war you must be high. cenk uygur: i think the number one thing viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. i think the audience gets that i actually mean it. michael shure: this show is about being up to date so a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i am given to doing anyway. joy behar: you can say anything here. jerry springer: i spent a couple of hours with a hooker joy behar: your mistake was writing a check jerry springer: she never cashed it (vo) the day's events. four very unique points of view. tonight starting at 6 eastern. alright, in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks. i think
in washington, d.c. as president obama said it is a pretty shameful day around here. nothing to be proud of. we'll tell you all about it and take your calls at 1-866-55-pre. we'll look forward to hearing from you on twitter at bpshow and come on, come on! be our friend on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. what a shameful day, the most shameful day we can remember, i can ever remember out of washington. when 46 senators decided that they would rather stand with the gun manufacturers and rather stand with the gun lobby and nra than 20 little angels gunned down at sandy look elementary school or their grieving parents who came down here and begged the senators to take action. they don't give a damn about the american people. don't give a damn about those beautiful little babies or their families or their brave teachers who stood by them. no doubt who's responsible. 90% of democrats voted yes. 90 pest of republicans voted no. meanwhile up in boston, thanks to video from lord & taylor police have hot leads in that investigation. but don't believe what you hear on cnn. no arrest has been made i
? >> well, i'm not convinced that the furloughs will come about. i would say that president obama has shown a partiality to listening to the tourism industry. so i'm not sure it is really going to happen. i think there could be a change of mind. but overall america is just recovering from what the industry is calling a lost decade, where a series of idealogical arguments, and the 9/11 border changes really flattened out tourism for the united states when it was booming in the rest of the world. >> michael: it is almost too easy to complain too about how bad air travel has gotten. but what the american citizens have to go to is nothing compared to what foreign visitors have to go through to get into america. >> if you are a male from a predominantly muslim country, you have the most severe requirements. other than some european countries, you have to now have a visa and have that visa approved at an american consulate. all of that is hard for a country like russia, you could travel over a thousand miles, get to the consulate and be rejected. even if you get your
of president obama's signature healthcare reform law a train wreck. before you scream who is this guy, remember he did help ride the affordable care act. leads hit to mike dennison. mike, thank you for joining us in "the war room"." >> glad to be here. >> michael: mike, tell us what is the buzz in montana about why matt baucus is actually stepping down? >> well, i think baucus, he's 71-year-old, and we're thinking a year or two ago why would this guy one to aren't again and put himself through the mill. highways been there for 40 years. why would he step down? baucus is a political animal. he is always raising money. even today it was a surprise, i don't think it's a total surprise that max wouldn't say enough is enough. let's call it quits and give people time to run for my seat if they so choose. >> michael: if that wasn't a total surprise, in light of this is is it a surprise the way he voted on the gun bill. >> well, i'm not surprised at all. any democrat in montana is not going to be voting for gun control. john tester did vote for one little piece of that gun control bill on the backgroun
to severed limbs and head injuries. president obama pledged full resources of the federal government to figure out what happened and who is responsible. >> obama: people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the of the facts. but make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this. any -- any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> the fbi immediately took charge of the investigation and started following up on leads. last night they swarmed a 5th floor apartment in rev veer massachusetts, taking out evidence in multiple bags. they are still looking for any photos, audio, or video that people may have from being there at the race. we're back after the break with more news of course, stay with us. drug war you must be high. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> do you think that there is any chance we'll see this president even say the words "carbon tax"? >> with an open mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigrati
magazine unleased its 100 most influential people list of all time and president obama is on for the fourth time mischel obama, and kim junk un lindsey vonn make the list but her boyfriend, tiger woods did not. chris christie is on that too by the way. >> bill: all right. thank you, dan. what an extraordinary weekend. the lockdown was announced during the show, and we were sure that by the end of the show, that would have him, right? because they had that horrible crime scene thursday night when they thought they had robbed the 7-eleven. it turned out they didn't rob the 7-eleven but they were there at the time. and then they shot and killed senselessly it seems this officer. they hijack the car take off with this guy, go from atm to atm, big up $800, thrown him out of the car. he very cleverly -- i give him credit for doing it appropriately -- left his cell phone in the car so the police were able to track his car to watertown, one brother is killed, and the other brother goes on the lam. and that's when thigh lockdown the city. it went on and on
and magnified by president obama one our later as he spoke surrounded by victims of gun violence. >> obama: i heard some say blocking this step would be a victory. my question is a victory for who? a victory for what? victory for not doing something that 90% of americans, 80% of republicans, the vast out of your constituents wanted to get done? it begs the question who are we here to represent? i heard folks say having families lobby for this legislation was some how misplaced. a prop somebody called it. emotional blackmail some outlets said. are they serious? do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don't have a right to weigh in on this issue? do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate? so all in all this was a pretty shapeshameful day for watch. >> we're joined by cofounder stop violence and kids joe rosenthal and kim russell, thank you for joining me on this emotional evening. it's a pleasure to have both of you back. kim, i would like to start with you. you're personally touched by gun violence, what are your
wanted to bring in president obama. he was at a vigil today. he spoke out forcefully on this issue. let's watch. >> obama: you're involved to whoever created this heinous attack. they thought to intimidate us terrorize us and shake the values of who we are as americans, well, it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong way to do it. >> cenk: that is president obama in an interfaith vigil in boston. we have michael shure michael shure and tricia rose and noah, great to have you all here. let me start on the issue that i think everybody in the country is talking about and of course this is speculation. i'm just going to put that out there as the most obvious thing in the world but there is no way we can't have that conversation. what race are they? and later we'll add what race do you want them to be? keeping it real. michael, can you tell? >> i mean you can tell with suspect number two with the whitecap going backwards that he appears white to me. suspect number one, i couldn't tell. >> but he has the kind of scruff--and i'm going to get into gross racial stereotypes. he
a joke. >> oh, yeah! >>> the star of one of president obama's favorite tv shows is attending the white house correspondents' dinner this weekend, claire danes plays a c.i.a. agent on homeland. she's the guest of cbs news and will be sitting at a table full of members of the military. the network's other guests include afghanistan forces commander general john allen also army vice chief of staff general john campbell and retired admiral mike mullen, the former joint chiefs of staff. among others. >> bill: i will be there. that's not the table i'm sitting at. i wouldn't mind sitting at that table. >>> as you're drinking your coffee or tea this morning there is a good chance you went out of your way to get it instead of going for what was convenient. a new harris poll on morning beverage habits finds 60% of people will go out of their way to drink coffee or tea they think tastes better and they'll also spend more money for it. 78% say taste is the most important factor in choosing what they drink. >> bill: what do they mean going out of their way to get it? >> instead of stopping by the 7
uncertain. here's president obama who will travel to boston on thursday, updating the nation, earlier today. >> obama: this was a heinous and cowardly act. and given what we now know about what took place the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. what we don't yet know, however is who carried out this attack or why whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic or was the act of a malevolent individual. >> john: what we do know is that around 2:50 p.m. yesterday two bombs exploded within 15 second and 500 feet of each other near the end of the boston marathon killing three people and injuring an additional 176. the bombs were reportedly built inside six liter pressure cook ers. they were packed with ball bearings nails and black powder to maximize harm to those nearby. now, earlier accounts of at least two additional device being discovered in boston were not accurate. pictures just released by whdh in boston, sent to the fbi purport to show a suspicious package in an area directly impacted by the explosion. while photos released by waga in at
in the senate and president obama said it was very important and he fought hard for it. we have joe manchin a-rating from the nra and pat toomey, agreeing. there are a hundred loopholes in it but some sort of background check. obviously this passed. >> the order of the senate. the vote on the vote, the nays are 46. under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment. the amendment is not agreed to. >> cenk: not agreed to. now of course 54 used to be a majority these days they just assume that you need to get to 60 because the republicans let's be very clear about this, filibustered this bill, a bill that 91% of americans agreed with. a larger number because 91% believe in background checks. the president was not happy about the circumstance. let's go to his reaction. >> i'm going to speak plainly and honestly about what's happened here because the american people are trying to figure out how can something have 90% support yet not happen? i've heard folks say having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was some how misplaced. a prop, somebody called it.
to defeat, majority leader harry reid said it was time to take a pause on the issue. >> president obama said it was a shameful day for the senate. and it probably was. i agree. we should make no mistake. this debate is not over. in fact, this fight is just beginning. >> john: one of the first broadsides came from one of the most prominent gun violence victims in recent years. former representative gabby giffords published a blistering editorial in "the new york times" where she called out the senate gun bills' opponents as cowards and i quote... and where the courage issue was concerned, one of the background checks bills' sponsors, west virginia senator, joe manchin, clearly seemed to agree. >> things don't go right in any election i get to go home. i get to go home to my family, my children, my grandchildren. i can't figure out when the facts are right in front of you to do what you need to do. >> john: families of the sandy hook shooting victims lobbied congress with the support of the white house. including the school-age siblings of 7-year-old daniel barden who died at sandy hook. >> i
with the cutbacks that we see, and unfortunately we see it also under the obama administration. we have something like 2200 osha inspectors for the entire country. if you were going to inspect every plant it would take 129 years for each plant to be inspected. that's not acceptable. >> john: is that the reason why they got away with it? i appreciate this is the defining argument of our times. are you going to have government oversight or are you going to allow the free market to take care of themselves. why do you think they were able to get away from inspections for so long. >> when we cover the facts on the ground, and we give names and faces to stories like this. this is not just an abstract story of policy, what we have to do in the media is show that when you have deregulation we're talking about the taking of lives, and that matters. and we need a media now that covers this in a regular basis the people of west, texas, are devastated. i don't see that changing unless--and it's not just republican or democrat thing. you have governor perry, a well- well-known republican governor who ran for
on whom those may be attending. senator jillbrand will be in attendance. president obama has been reaching out separately to different pockets of congress in an effort to open bipartisan dialogue. we're back with more show after the break. stay with us. rights but still support the drug war you must be high. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> do you think that there is any chance we'll see this president even say the words "carbon tax"? >> with an open mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned "great leadership" so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv. you know who is coming on to me now? you know the kind of guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely.
by democratic rules at the whitehouse chuck schumer and john mccain briefed president obama on their new comprehensive immigration reach and votes will be coming up on that but the most focus is up in boston. day 2 of the investigation into those bombs planted at the end of the boston marathon. so far, we know very little and there have been no claims of responsibility. we will update you on that and a whole lot more right here on current tv. [ music ] (vo) current tv gets the converstion started weekdays at 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy. just be grateful current tv does not come in smellivision. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv. (vo) current tv is the place for compelling true stories. (kaj) jack, how old are you? >> nine. (adam) this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you i
department has still not named any suspects in the bombing but this morning president obama called it an act of terrorism. >> obama: this was a heinous and cowardly act. given what we now know took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorist. any time bombs are used to bomb civilians it is an act of terror. what we don't yet know, however is who carried out this attack or why. >> michael: the president will visit boston on thursday and today investigators combed through the remains crawling on sidewalks, scraping up fragments, and looking for any signs of who did this and why they did it. those tiny remnants helped the fbi solve other bombings like the 1993 attack on the world trade center. just a small fragment of the van that carried the explosives was found in the rubble, and that helped investigators identify the bomber. boston authorities say the bombs were made from pressure cookers and they believe a nylon backpack was holding the device. patients came in with wounds from small pellets and sharp nail-like objects. they're saving all of those pieces as evidence. they hop
afternoon, also, in boston president obama speaking at the inter faith service in memory of those who lost their lives and were injured in the boston marathon had a message to these two guys right after the photos had been released. >> to those who carried this out and anyone who would do harm to our people, yes, we will find you. and, yes you will face justice >> bill: yes, we will find you. well, they found themselves, as i pointed out. the f.b.i. on their trail but these guys took -- they realized, thankfully that the f.b.i. was closing in. and so they decided they had to get out of the area. they started by robbing the 711 shooting and killing a m.i. t. security officer and car-jacking the car and going in this car chase this morning. ed davis, who is the police commissioner for boston said this one guy on the loose. >> we believe this to be a terrorist. we believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. we need to get him in custody. >> timothy albin followed up by warning people, again, about the lone suspect at large. >> he should be conside
to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current. >> obama: tomorrow the sun will rise over boston. scripture tells us to run with endurance the race that is set before us. ♪ >> stephanie: it is the "stephanie miller show." thirty-four minutes after the hour. david shuster with us all morning from the current news center. that was the president in boston yesterday. wow what a week for boston. >> i said boston is going to need a massage and xanax after this. >> stephanie: yes. logan airport is closed. we're trying to find charlie pierce. david, i -- i don't know if you have had a chance to look at this "mother jones" stuff, again, we don't want to be the "new york post" of radio, but the headline is boston bombing suspect posted video on al-qaeda prophecy on youtube. >> yeah, the older brother, the one that was killed last night, 26 years old, his name was tamerlin tsarnaev. they were both russian-born chef kneeians. the older one was apparently a competitive boxer for a club named team lowell. and he was a member of a t
called for president obama to be impeached over what he considered the sprawling government cover-up. surrounded the student that saudi arabia and al-qaeda. >> you know what's very interesting in this, the saudi national you know, the poor young guys splashed on the front payment in the "new york post," a lot of right wing chatter about a missing brown university student, might have been involved in this. and authorities said absolutely not. look, take a step back. there was an absolute burning desire to find a mideastern guy to be the suspect. and the "new york post" and other conservative outlets like glenn beck, they proved that they'll just make it up. it was such a burning desire to have the story fit the their at this that they wanted. that they were willing and they have the media tools to just start make stuff up and creating their own reality and creating their own parallel universe. where hey, it is a saudi. guess what. we decided it is a saudi. so that's the story we're going to go with because that's the story we want. if you just take a couple of seconds, imagine, you
is behind this attack. >> obama: we still do note know who did this or why and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. but make no mistakes we'll get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this. any response--any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> john: for more on this i'm joined via skype by robert siciliano, a security expert who was actuallily running in the marathon earlier today. robert, thank you for joining us at the end of this terrible day. >> good evening. >> john: let me start by asking if you and your family are okay? >> yes we--we're fine. both my family and i were within 300 to 500 yards of each of the blasts when they occurred, so between me and my family, there was a bomb. i was rounding the street where the finish line is when it happened, and my wife and kids, my dad, they were all on the other side of the finish line waiting for me. >> john: were they facing the street? were they in a crowd of people? were they looking down from a buildin
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